The School of Rome: Latin Studies and the Origins of Liberal Education

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University of California Press, Apr 27, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 294 pages
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This fascinating cultural and intellectual history focuses on education as practiced by the imperial age Romans, looking at what they considered the value of education and its effect on children. W. Martin Bloomer details the processes, exercises, claims, and contexts of liberal education from the late first century BCE to the third century CE—the epoch of rhetorical education. He examines the adaptation of Greek institutions, methods, and texts by the Romans, and traces the Romans’ own history of education. Bloomer argues that while Rome’s enduring educational legacy includes the seven liberal arts and a canon of school texts, its practice of competitive displays of reading, writing, and reciting were intended to instill in the young social as well as intellectual ideas.
 

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Contents

Three Vignettes
1
1 In Search of the Roman School
9
2 First Stories of School
22
3 The School of Impudence
37
4 The Manual and the Child
53
5 The Child an Open Book
81
6 Grammar and the Unity of Curriculum
111
7 The Moral Sentence
139
8 Rhetorical Habitus
170
Conclusion
193
Notes
201
Bibliography
247
Index
267
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W. Martin Bloomer is Associate Professor of Classics at Notre Dame University. His books include Valerius Maximus and the Rhetoric of the New Nobility and The Contest of Language.

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